The GymPact App, now available for iOS, is the ultimate motivator for those who vowed to stick to a workout timetable in 2012. The App helps you to stay focused by offering incentives for weekly fitness goals and punishing the user for slipping up and slacking off.At the beginning of each week, the user sets a goal for the number of times they’ll visit the gym and the price they’re willing to pay for not meeting that goal. If they miss the goal, they pay – simple as that. If the user makes the goal they can collect a portion of the cash collected from all the people who didn’t make their weekly goals. The App collects a 3% fee on each transaction.
Harsh as it sounds, there is method to this App as studies Harvard University graduate and GymPact co-founder Yifan Zhang showed that, “People are lot more motivated by the thought of loss than the thought of reward.”
Zhang and her co-founder Geoff Oberhofer first applied their idea of joining negative motivation and exercise with their code-system for gym users. Participants were given a gym fee discount in exchange for signing up and logging a unique code, following at least 30 minutes of exercise, to verify that they were sticking to the set goal. The trial run showed that negative monetary consequences resulted in 80% to 90% of the users making good on their fitness pledges.
For more info on GymPact and how you can stick with the programme in 2012, visit the GymPact Facebook Page.